Ross Williams

Ross Williams

Before joining the Georgia Recorder, Ross Williams covered local and state government for the Marietta Daily Journal.Williams' reporting took him from City Hall to homeless camps, from the offices of business executives to the living rooms of grieving parents. His work earned recognition from the Georgia Associated Press Media Editors and the Georgia Press Association, including beat reporting, business writing and non-deadline reporting. A native of Cobb County, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University.

COVID anxiety persists even as post-pandemic normalcy starts to return

By: - June 15, 2021

Since last April, thousands of Georgians have called or texted the COVID-19 Emotional Support Line to talk about the stress and anxiety of living through the pandemic, but callers have different needs now than they did when the first cases arrived in the state last spring. “For the first chunk of April through October, the […]

Tuesday special election in Cobb County could offer glimpse of 2022

By: - June 14, 2021

A Tuesday special election for a state House seat in the Atlanta suburbs could offer a small-scale preview of the types of arguments Georgian voters will hear next year when much more is on the line. Two Republicans, two Democrats and one Libertarian are vying to replace Rep. Bert Reeves, a Marietta Republican who announced […]

Georgia tourism springs back to life, businesses struggle to regain staffing

By: - June 11, 2021

School’s out, the sun’s up, and people everywhere are flocking to Georgia’s beaches and mountains, but tourists could be in for longer check-in times in the hotel lobby or shorter hours at the tiki bar as some business owners say they can’t find enough staff to meet demand. Just over a third of Georgians are […]

Biden’s free community college plan a lifeline for low-income Georgians

By: - June 8, 2021

Azo Tobe Yubo was all smiles last month as she walked out of Center Parc Stadium in her blue cap and gown, her mother on one side and her young daughter on the other. Tobe Yubo wants to be a teacher, and her associate’s degree from Perimeter College at Georgia State University is the key […]

Georgia school board OKs limits on U.S. race topics educators can teach

By: - June 4, 2021

The Georgia Board of Education voted 11-2 Thursday to approve a resolution that says the United States is not racist and that public school students should only be taught that slavery and racism are betrayals of the country’s founding principles. The resolution is a response to concerns that “critical race theory” could be taught in […]

State school board to consider ‘critical race theory’ ban in Georgia

By: - June 2, 2021

The Georgia Board of Education has scheduled a special called meeting Thursday to discuss Gov. Brian Kemp’s call to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” in Georgia public schools. Critical race theory is an academic framework defining racism as upheld through legal and social structures rather than simply individual bias. Critical race theorists argue […]

Georgia schools prepping for a more ‘normal’ year

By: - June 2, 2021

Children across Georgia are cracking open the sunscreen, dusting off their flip flops and making plans for their summer break, but school administrators have a massive task before them: planning a semester they hope will set a foundation for a return to normal. “We’ve been learning a lot about what are the right interventions to […]

Kemp set to sign order prohibiting public school mask requirements

By: - May 27, 2021

Gov. Brian Kemp says he will sign an executive order as soon as Friday preventing state agencies and public schools from requiring masks. “Georgians know what to do now,” he said during a Fox News interview Wednesday. “They know how to protect themselves, they know the vaccine is available, they know they can get it, […]

Floyd family presses Biden on police reform; Atlanta marchers pay respect

By: and - May 26, 2021

One year after George Floyd’s killing by a Minneapolis police officer, protesters took to the streets of Atlanta and Floyd’s family traveled to Washington D.C., where lawmakers have been attempting to craft a bipartisan bill to overhaul the nation’s policing laws.  Congress failed to act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death Tuesday — the deadline […]

Judge blocks Georgia law that banned state business from Israel boycotters

By: - May 24, 2021

A federal judge in Atlanta struck a major blow against a Georgia law that bans people who boycott Israel from entering into contracts with the state. Judge Mark Cohen ruled that the University System of Georgia violated the First Amendment rights of journalist Abby Martin in 2019 when it withdrew an invitation for her to […]

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

By: and - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON—From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term. Experts in critical race theory say it’s about acknowledging how racial disparities are embedded in U.S history and society, and the concept is being mischaracterized by conservatives. But […]

Ga. lawmakers urged on by Heartland group debate Big Tech ‘censoring’

By: - May 21, 2021

Acworth Republican state Rep. Ed Setzler hosted a special called meeting of the House Science and Technology Committee Thursday to consider if the state can or should do anything about technology platforms allegedly censoring users’ free speech. The hearing was not associated with any specific bill. Setlzer said a discussion is needed to determine whether […]